Japan confirms plan to resume whale hunt in Antarctic

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    Japan confirms plan to resume whale hunt in Antarctic

    TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s chief whaling negotiator confirmed on Monday that its ships would return to the Antarctic this year, despite a call by global regulators to provide more evidence that the hunt has a scientific purpose. Mr Joji Morishita said the whole debate about whether or not Japan should be killing the mammals had long since moved away from science and into politics. The scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission said on Friday that Japan had failed to give enough detail to explain why it wanted to kill almost 4,000 minke whales in the Antarctic over the next 12 years. “There is no definite conclusion in the report itself… which is not so surprising in the IWC, because as we know very well the IWC is a divided organisation,” Morishita told reporters. “Because of this division, even the scientific committee is always having difficulty of coming up with some kind of a conclusion.”